Who We Are

Emerge Solutions was founded under the name Advancing Bridges at the 2012 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference. The organization began as a collaboration of Bridges Out of Poverty communities seeking to help local communities address poverty. The name “Emerge Solutions” was adopted in September 2015. The new name and our tagline, “Breakthroughs in Closing the Economic Gap,” better reflect our mission, emphasis on collaboration, and our expanded focus on seeking out and promoting proven solutions to transform communities from a broader range of sources. Today, Emerge Solutions is a member-driven, national organization that supports communities working to advance economic equality.

Our Purposes

Emerge Solutions' purposes include:
  • Serving as a network for sharing ideas, best practices and funding opportunities
  • Facilitating research, data collection and evaluation
  • Collaborating with regional and national agencies, organizations and businesses
  • Identifying and advancing effective tools to stabilize individuals and communities
  • Educating policymakers at all levels about how the economic gap impacts society, and about how we can create healthier, more vibrant and more sustainable communities for everyone

Join a Committee

Emerge Solutions has created four committees—comprised of both board and organization members—to work in the following areas:
  • The Advocacy Committee seeks to impact specific policy and legislative concerns that will make a difference in advancing economic equality.
  • The Best Practices Committee identifies and disseminates best practices for reducing economic disparity across diverse sectors and geographical regions.
  • The Marketing and Membership Committee works to develop effective communications tools such as the website and the newsletter to enhance member benefits and expand membership.
  • The Finance and Fundraising Committee maintains financial records and provides leadership in securing funding to support Emerge Solutions' mission.
    To join a committee, please contact us.


Our Board

Stephen MacDonald, President

Bridges Out of Poverty Coordinator
Lucas County Family and Children First Council
Toledo, OH

Anastasia Howard, Vice President

First 5 LA
Los Angeles, CA



Alexii Collins, Secretary

Information Specialist
YMCA of Greater Toledo
Toledo, OH

Amber Werner, Treasurer

Director of Financial Stability
United Way of St. Joseph County
South Bend, IN

Carrie Arnold

Chief Human Resources Officer
Sunshine Communities
Swanton, OH

Angela Durant-Tyson

Instructional Coordinator
Tulsa Tech
Tulsa, OK

Eschelle Gilkey, Ed.D.

Graduation Success Coordinator
Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa, OK

Sonia Holycross

Education & Development Coordinator
Partners in Hope
Troy, OH

Ebony Johnson, Ed.D.

Executive Director of Student and Family Support Services
Tulsa Public Schools
Tulsa, OK

Joyce McClellan, Ed.D.

Chief Development Officer
Tulsa Technology
Tulsa, OK

Treasure McKenzie

Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty
Muskogee, OK

Valerie Moffitt

Senior Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Toledo, OH

Al Rivett

Bridges to Prosperity
Fort Pierce, FL

Shelia Triplett

Executive Director
Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership
Youngstown, OH

Deirdre “Dee” Washington

Manager of Prevention Education
Harbor, Inc.
Toledo, OH